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Stud finder tool

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84gmcjimmy, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    My dad had this stud finder tool used to find studs in a wall when there is already drywall on. My question is any one have experience with them?
    The one I have (previously my dads) is black and orange I think. On the left is the button you hold while you slowly drag the machine across the wall. Then it has these lights. 4 green and 1 red I think. or the other way around. I can't figure out which one means the "edge" and the center of each stud.

    Also, can this be used upside down too? I want to hang my punching bag in the garage, and will attached it to the joists (is that what they are called, couldn't think of anything else) that run along the house.

    Comments?
    Pictures and specs on the machine tomorrow.
     
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    They find the edges not the centers, do one side of the stud then the other then the distance between those two points is the center.
     
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    And yes they do work on ceilings.
     
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    Dammit, I thought this thread was going to be useful :o
     
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    I used to have a nice one, couldn't use it, kept giving me a false positive whenever it was within ten feet of me.
     
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    ha ha ha

    (sarcasm)

    when all the lights light up your on the stud.

    good ones can even "see" wood through wood!

    so you could find a joist thru plywood.


    BTW steve, you can also look for joint lines in the drywall, and measure 16" off
     
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    I never have luck w/ them things, I just tap on the wall till I hear one.
     
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    I used to use a cheepie one for installing cabinets. Drove the boss nuts that I could install faster with a stupid little 8.00 thing with a battery. They do work. Some will also pick center of the stud based on 3/4 from the edge. Mine had like 5 lights and the center one was green and that was the center.
     
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    I've always found studs using the "knock" method. Just knocking on the drywall you can hear/feel where the studs are.
     
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    ever notice when you put one on yourself it starts beeping? thats right, im a stud
     
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    This one says it finds center too. If it didn't I would have said that;)

    shewheeler, my threads are always useful!!

    I'll take some pictures of it tomorrow so it can explain itself better.
     
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    Stud finders are kinda strange......... Some people can use them and some cant. I am kinda like some that have posted . Every time I grab one all it does is light up and beep. I have alwawys had to use the knock and feel method
     
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    Or would it be the feel-'er and knock-'er up method? ;)
     
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    maybe your not useing it right?
     
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    To use it on a blown ceiling, you need to put cardboard between the finder and the ceiling. If its painted ceiling, the use it like normal.
     
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    Whats a blown ceiling?

    No ppictures yet I can't find the camera.

    The ceiling is drywall I think. Haven't really looked at it in a while.
     
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    A blown ceiling looks like it has hard cottage cheese on it.
     
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    Oh so thats what it's called! We have always had that in all the houses we lived in. Do they just blow putty up and paint over top of it or how do they do it???
    Thanks!!
     
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    It's a foamy type material, it hoses out, sticks, and hardens. You can't paint it, unless maybe you use a sprayer, but I've never tried. That stuff looks like crap when it falls apart, it's tough to clean, and when you buy a can to patch it, it looks horrendous. I hate it. Plus the replace ment stuff is obscenely toxic. And it tastes bad. :deal: I hear you have problems with that... :haha:
     
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    I'm pretty sure we painted it before in our old house. Just a lot of it fell off.
     

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